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Cheapest transport for visitors

Hey Guys,

I've got some friends coming to this evening and they will be staying for a few days with me in Herrliberg. What would be the cheapest option in terms of train tickets for them? I know i can get a halftax card but i guess they cant can they? Are there any similar options yet short term options for them? one of them will be here till Monday and the other will stay maybe for a week after. How about trips to other cities, Lucern, Geneva etc?

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Re: Cheapest transport for visitors

You can indeed get half tax cards for visitors. But they are not exactly inexpensive and not really practical for short term stays. CHF 120 for one month.

You can also get travel cards that work like GAs, either for X consecutive days or for X days within Y timeframe.

https://www.sbb.ch/de/geschaeftsreis...m-ausland.html


For travel cards to work out well financially you really do need to have a decent idea of your travel plans. It makes little sense to use these kinds of tickets if all you are going to do is a short trip into the city. If all you expect to do is travel from Herrliberg to the city for a few days you are likely better off just buying normal tickets.

Using travel cards for intercity travel might or might not work out to your advantage depending on where you are going. Check stand alone prices first, then decide if the travel cards fit your needs.

(One of my greatest frustrations as a host is visitors who arrive with out any idea of what they'd like to do and where they'd like to go, but that's another thread...)

But financial aspect aside, I often buy the travel cards for my 'helpless traveler' type visitors, those who are not so good at figuring out the SBB system in a language they do not speak. With the travel cards I know they are good to go wherever they end up. Sure it costs me more than it should, but I figure that I likely save the equivalent in fines given my 'helpless traveler' visitors tendency to purchase the wrong ticket. Not to mention saves me having to stock up on ulcer meds.

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You could check with your Gemeinde to see if any Tages-GA tickets are available, and if so, if the Gemeinde allows these to be used by non-residents. (Some do, some don't). These are day GA tickets offered at a discount to residents, subsidized by the Gemeinde. Usually only a limited number are available. But it wouldn't hurt to ask. And again, these would only make sense for long distance travel.
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Re: Cheapest transport for visitors

Might be too late this time but we use Interrail a lot when guests are visiting - for 2 adults + 2 kids <11 it's 240 for 3 days or 400 for 6 days unlimited train travel within 30 days across Switzerland. Includes a lot of the touristy routes plus you get 50% on a lot of other trips that aren't fully covered.

Only thing is I don't think you can print at home and it's only valid for EU residents who aren't resident in Switzerland. Think you need to buy online and get them delivered - maybe worth checking if they do next-day delivery?

https://www.interrail.eu/en/interrai...ss/switzerland

Failing that, check the gemeinde websites for day passes for chf40 or so but they're probably sold out by now.

Last resort - anyone can buy a half-fare card, just take them to an SBB counter with their ID + passport photo and they can buy it immediately.
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Re: Cheapest transport for visitors

Coop and interdiscount (among other stores of the coop concern) also sell day tickets.
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Don't know what 'Gemeinde Tageskarte' are ? Time to find out!
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Swiss Pass.
https://www.swiss-pass.ch/
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Re: Cheapest transport for visitors

The SBB day ticket sold by Coop for 49CHF each, probably. Provided my impression is correct in that you only need a halftax card upon purchase, not to use them. Mind, non-refundable and usable only for a limited time.
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Re: Cheapest transport for visitors

As always guys, fantastic and very helpful and as always from my part, thank you very much!
They decided against doing any long trips and just wanted to check zurich and the surroundings out. When they visit again in spring they might want to go further and i will have time to prepare, unlike this time!
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